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Beebe signs guns in church bill into law

By Lee Hogan

This article was published February 11, 2013 at 1:26 p.m.

— Gov. Mike Beebe signed Senate Bill 71 into law Monday, permitting concealed handguns in churches and other houses of worship.

The bill, titled The Church Protection Act of 2013, was signed into law as Act 67 by Beebe at noon Monday, according to the Arkansas Legislature website.

Rep. Nate Bell R-Mena, said on his Facebook page the law takes effect immediately.

"Arkansas churches are now free to establish their own security policy regarding possession of concealed handguns on their premises," Bell's status read. "Churches wishing to bar licensed carry do not need to take any action as churches remain prohibited places unless the church specifically chooses another policy."

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more details.

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Jackabbott says... February 11, 2013 at 3:27 p.m.

How many jobs will this bring to the state and how many tourists will line up to come here?????

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aimee says... February 11, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.

And HOW will people know which policy a given church has..???
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Sounds like we will have a plethora of mini-Wacos now..!!!

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FreeSpiritMan says... February 11, 2013 at 7:59 p.m.

Ted Nugent, the gun-loving rock star who, during last year’s campaign, said, “I will either be dead or in jail” if President Obama gets re-elected, is attending the State of the Union address on Tuesday. Nugent scored an invite from Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman.
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I hope Ted get his wish one way or the other, he is really just an old has been rocker who is just a pussy and all mouth.

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RoyDaMercer says... February 11, 2013 at 9:47 p.m.

I would love to see a fight betwen "pussy" Ted and mouthy dude Bill Smith. Ted Nugent is 5 times the man you will ever be Billy.
Aimee you are just so stupid it defies belief. The fact you are an EX-TEACHER makes me feel wonderful. I guess your boss figured out teaching kids to overuse ??? and !!! was not good for them.

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Dontsufferfools says... February 11, 2013 at 10:06 p.m.

Preacher: "Altar calls will now work like this. The ushers will lock and load and you will have 10 seconds to haul your sorry sinful asses up here!"

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aimee says... February 12, 2013 at 12:44 a.m.

Redwing:
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"Bio: How do you measure yourself against other golfers? By height

Occupation: Livin the Dream

Hometown: Hockeytown

Current Location: Xanadu"
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Really intelligent answers there..!!! You have so much to be proud of..!!!

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 12, 2013 at 4:24 a.m.

The "State" never should have had any business in this concerning houses of worship.

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